Hi friends! I haven’t done a “Things I Learned From…” feature since my first one on Yes Please, so I thought I’d pick it up again for a book I absolutely adored: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs! The thing I loved most about the book is how empowering it is: there’s absolutely no shame in liking what you like, so go ahead and flaunt it!
Here are some of the things I learned…
1. Comfortable shoes are essential at Cons (and other great tips).
I’ve never been to a convention before, but I have dreams of going to Book Expo America one day. I feel so prepared now after reading Maggs’ section on how to survive conventions! Other useful information include: which convention is the best match for you, how to prepare for a convention, and how to have the absolute best time while you’re there. Do you have any Convention-going tips?
2. Never feel ashamed about Instagramming selfies (geeky or otherwise).
“People might try to make you feel guilty for ‘gramming your gorgeous face all the time, but you know what? You feel good about the way you look, and that is always worth sharing.”
Amen to that!
3. The “ship name” for Peeta and Katniss fans from The Hunger Games is…
…Peeniss. Yep. So immature of me to laugh so hard, but there you go. Do you have a favourite “ship”?
If you’re unfamiliar with “ships,” it’s basically the short form for “relationship” and is used to describe a pair of characters that you really want to get together. And if it’s the first time you’re learning about this, fear not! Maggs has a whole section in Fangirl’s Guide dedicated to decoding “fangirl-speak.”
4. Be yourself and don’t be ashamed to like the things you like.
I’d have to say that this is my biggest takeaway from this book. I love how Maggs reiterates this throughout and encourages her readers to really “own” the things they love. She also includes a section on how to deal with trolls, which is really wonderful for when you need to stand up for yourself!
All in all, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy was a great read. It made me proud to be a fangirl, and I can only hope that many generations of fangirls to come will read this book and be inspired to flaunt their geekiness in whichever way they want (as long as it doesn’t harm others, of course)! Whether you’re a proud fangirl or a newcomer hoping to join a community of like-minded friends, this book is a great place to start.
Have you read The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy? Are you a fangirl? (If so, what’s your “fandom”?)